I am having trouble just starting the center of a doily for some reason. I have hidden thread ends before by sewing into caps, and by also using the magic thread trick. I'm trying to make the center of a doily that consists of 6 simple rings. I start the first ring with a looper, tat 4 more rings, and start the last ring with a looper. When I'm done, I cross the two thread ends and pull ends through the loopers. When I cut the thread ends, the center seems to come loose. I thought I was putting opposite thread ends into opposite rings. For heaven's sake, I've made about 4 centers this morning, and they all come apart. What am I doing wrong here?
One more thought - if you start a center motif with 6 rings, do you assume and join the last ring to the base of the first ring when the pattern doesn't specifically say to do this? Maybe that's part of my problem.